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5% of Finnish tourists buy over half of the alcohol taken to Finland from Estonia

According to a survey ordered by the association that represents Finnish alcohol manufacturers and wholesalers, 5 percent of Finnish tourists account for more than half of alcohol that is taken to Finland from Estonia.

The survey involved 3,700 Finns, who had taken a ferry to Estonia within the past 12 months, Finnish newspaper Keskisuomalainen reported. The results show that last year, tourists took 64 million litres of alcoholic beverages back to Finland, including 32 million litres of beer, 9 million litres of cider, 11 million litres of long drinks and 4.5 million litres of spirits.

The survey was conducted by market research company TAK Oy.

It also reveals the Estonian "alcohol tourism" industry's dramatic effect on Finnish wholesale numbers. Lower excise duties and less restrictions on alcohol sale in Finland have been proposed as countermeasures to the continuing trend.

Editor: M. Oll

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